SCHERTZ, Texas – Tucked away secretly in the northeastern suburbs of San Antonio lies Footballville, Texas, where state championships happen a lot more than they should for an area that encompasses Schertz, Cibolo, Universal City, Converse, and proudly home to Randolph Air Force Base, roughly about 125,000 people. It is sort of difficult to get to off of Interstate 10 and Interstate 35. Starting in August, tourist season usually comes when fall practice starts right through December, which in 2017 could be at Jerry’s World in Arlington for its three football playing schools in District 27-6A.
In the media’s annual February trip for National Signing Day to the area, you can be certain Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz will be a whistle stop on the recruiting media tour. Clemens wide receiver Tommy Bush
Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD neighbors Cibolo Steeleare a national power program coming off a loss in the 6A-II state championship game to DeSoto, primed and ready for another run at the state crown this season despite its 1-4 start. Then, there’s Converse judson, a more traditional power with seemingly mythical legend. The Rockets are ranked in the Top 5 of almost all state polls this season, higher in polls that come with an eye test feature, storming to a 5-0 record with impressive victories over Lake Travis and Steele, for the first time ever, under its belt.
In 2017, you could call SA Preps No. 4 and unbeaten Schertz Clemens the noisy and rowdy neighbors featuring one of the most sought after wide receiver prospects in the United States.
The six-foot-four Bush has around 50 offers from FBSprograms as far as recruiting websites and scouts know, most of the them coming from Power 5schools. To a player like Bush, he will be more worried about the challenge at hand this Friday with a visit to New Braunfels Canyon, who no longer features the red turf, rather than an award of a personal honor.
Bush, who made an official visit to Nebraska for the Wisconsin game, is a team-first player on a team that features a vaunted defense. Bush has 13 catches through five games and has three touchdowns. Offensive, the Buffaloes prefer to run it behind a larger than average and talented offensive line and a pair of talented running backs in Marshawn Brown and junior Kyle Lewis. Brown has a two 200-yard games under his belt in 2017.
Defensively, Clemens is salty. Clemens has not allowed a point since the second quarter of a 37-21 Week 2 victory over the best quarterback in town with Tyler Vitt of MacArthur. Vitt had a pair of touchdown passes in the first half as MacArthur led at halftime. Three interceptions in the second half later, Clemens has not allowed a point since. The Buffaloes have allowed only 7.6 points per game for the season, are extremely above average up front, and speedy in the secondary and linebacking corps. For example, Clemens has 12 interceptions on the season.
As for Bush, expect head coach Jared Johnston to be creative in finding ways to get Bush the football. This is an offense designed to rely on a solid running game in order for other things to happen. For now, they have not needed Bush’s playmaking ability as much as some would have thought heading into the season. Along with his elite-level frame, Bush catches anything in the 78154 zip code and has game-breaking speed. His route running ability is solid, which allows him to get open quickly and underneath.
Bush will not be concerned about the jersey he is receiving as a testament to a good family background and one that is not searching for headlines and is not concerned about his 13 catches on the season. His main concern is the 5-0 record with two massive games to come along with another tricky obstacle or two in District 27-6A.
It would be silly to write off Clemens as another District 27-6A flash in the pan. This is a program capable of beating Judson and Steele and what some would see as a mild upset.
You can bet if that happens, Bush will have been at the scene of the upset.
Olen C. Kelley III of OK3Sports and Scott Hansen of SAPreps contributed to this report.
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